LIVING in a Social World
analysis by: Amber J. Ruth

    Our World, let's think about that for just a moment.  There is an entire planet full of life, and we make claims on our little portions just like those of the animal kingdom.  We fight amongst ourselves to secure a place for our children, for food, and resources.  One way we have evolved, on this little planet of ours, is to adapt to the environment in which we live and work together.  Why then can we not put our anger and frustrations aside to adjust to the next level?  We have achieved the highest level on the food chain, we live in complex social environments that is unheard of in the animal kingdom, yet we can not live together in peace.

    You may be wondering to whom I am referring when I say we.  What were you thinking?  I meant we, as the species homo sapiens.  That includes humans of every race, ethnicity, culture, sex/ gender, religion, and environment.  Without the billions of beings that are our predecessors, we would not be who we are today.  According to Compton's Encyclopedia Online, "Anthropologists have been able to classify nine historical geographic races from about 40,000 to 11,000 years ago".  This information did not take me by surprise.  This tells me, that it is possible for us humans to have had racial tension for at least 11,000 years.  Why then must we continue to carry old grudges against other humans who are only looking for the same things in life?

   Stereotypes  help us function in this world.  We were raised with an enumerable amount of them.  It is now time to set aside what we have been taught, and learn how to plan for the future.  I cannot give you a flag of freedom to rally with, nor can I guarantee that the rest of the world will join in to make this world, our world, a better place.  One thing I can assure you of, is that we have reached a pivotal point.  The human population will have to learn to work together like none have seen before or the whole populace is in danger.  Six million people inhabit this world.  We need to work together to make sure our children will have food, an unpolluted place to live, and hopefully they can live without the fear of being gunned down because of the group to which they belong.

    In  the past, our ancestors had to live by survival of the fittest.  If a human lived to be 40 years old, that was considered past their prime.  With today's technology, the humans can live into their 80's and still be in good health, with a few living over a century.  We have taken some moderate steps to secure the future for our children, but imagine the children living 11,000 years from now.  We have no way of knowing what type of world they will encounter, but as in the past, we do know that the decisions we make today will affect what will happen tomorrow.

    Did  you know, that in the time of the ancient Egyptians, that monotheism was a new concept?  Also, the Egyptian influence of administration in King Solomon's reign was to split up his territory into sections for taxation. (I always wondered who was to blame for taxes).  Both of these concepts were new only 3,000 years ago, yet today, they seem to have been in effect forever.  What would you like to leave as a legacy for the children of tomorrow?

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This tutorial was produced for Psy 324, Advanced Social Psychology, Spring 2000 at Miami University.  All graphics are from the public domain, used with permission, or were created by the authors.  Social Psychology / Miami University (Ohio USA).   Last revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 23:37:42. This document has been accessed 1  times since 1 May 2000. Comments & Questions to R. Sherman